Some excellent recipes for skin care including masks, moisturizers, toners and creams.

Coconut Oil Moisturizer

Sure, we eat it but did you know that it’s an amazing moisturizer? Just plain, extra virgin coconut oil is one of the greatest things you can do for your thirsty skin. Not only will it clear your complexion and give you that that “glow,” but it’s also a natural antimicrobial agent. I whip it with a tiny bit of milk.

Cucumber Almond Facial Mask

1/2 cucumber

1/2 cup or less almonds

Cucumber soothes the skin while the natural oils in the almonds replenish. This is easy as pie to make!

Peel and de-seed half of a cucumber and toss it into the blender, processing until it’s smooth. Transfer to a small bowl. Put a small handful of almonds into the blender, and puree until these are smooth. You’re essentially making almond butter, and if you want to save some time you can use 2 tablespoons of almond butter instead of blending up your own. Transfer the almond butter to the bowl, and mix with the cucumber until it’s well combined. Smooth the mask onto your face, put on some soothing music, and relax for around 10 minutes. Use a washcloth soaked in warm water to gently remove the mask.

Oatmeal & Almond Milk Facial Mask

1/2 cup rolled oats

2 tbsp almond milk

Oatmeal and almond milk gently exfoliate and soothe your skin. This mask is perfect for calming oily or irritated skin. If you want, you can add a few drops (5-10) of essential oil to make this an even more relaxing experience.

In a blender or food processor, combine 1/2 cup of rolled oats with just enough almond milk to form a paste. Start with 2 tablespoons and add liquid a tablespoon at a time until you have a good consistency. Smooth the mask onto your face and relax for 10-15 minutes. Wipe off with a cool, damp washcloth. Follow with coconut oil moisturizer. You can find a recipe for homemade almond milk in our Pioneer Kitchen section.

Avocado Wrinkle Cream

1 cup

1/8 tsp olive oil

Avocado is loaded with vitamin E, which is great for your skin, and a teensy bit of olive oil ups the moisturizing factor to help plump up the skin and minimize lines and wrinkles. In a small bowl, mash up 1 cup of avocado with 1/8 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil. Massage the mixture into your skin, and relax for 10-15 minutes. Use a washcloth soaked in warm water to gently scrub the cream away. Follow with natural moisturizer.

Patchouli Skin Therapy

Use patchouli oil to help quickly get rid of acne. Mix ten drops of patchouli oil with ten ounces of almond oil as a nightly moisturizer and anti-wrinkle treatment. Not only will it help your skin, you will smell FABULOUS! I love patchouli oil.

Lemon Astringent For Oily Skin

Mix lemon juice with a little water and apply directly to skin with a clean pad.

Honey-Coconut Oil Body Wrap

2 tablespoons coconut oil (extra-virgin, unrefined)
1 tablespoon of your favorite raw honey
2 drops vanilla, peppermint, or sweet orange essential oil (optional)

In a small bowl, whip together all ingredients.
If the temperature in your kitchen is above 76F, the body honey will maintain a liquid consistency; if the temperature is below 76F, it will be a medium soft solid (because of the melting point of the coconut oil).

Take several bath towels (enough to cover your body) and dampen them with hot water (as hot is comfortable for you to touch) in an empty bathtub. Get in the tub and rub the honey mixture over your body, recline and cover yourself with the hot towels. Sit, relax, and enjoy until the towels are cool and you are ready to rinse. Rinse, pat yourself dry, and follow up with some plain coconut oil or your favorite all-natural lotion. This is a FABULOUS spa treatment at home.

Lavender Body Lotion

  • 3/4 cup pure oil – olive oil, sweet almond oil, coconut oil, grapeseed oil, etc.
  • 3/4 cup distilled water
  • 2 tbsp shaved bees wax
  • 30 drops lavender essential oil
  • tea tree oil or grapefruit seed extract
  • glass mason jars to store lotion

Tools needed

blender

measuring cup

rubber spatula

Instructions

  1. Sterilize all tools by using the dishwasher or boiling water.
  2. Pour the distilled water into the blender and set aside.
  3. Pour the oil or combination of oils into the glass measuring cup
  4. Shave off the bees wax with a knife or vegetable peeler (it usually comes in a block), measure and put into the measuring cup with the oil.
  5. Heat water in a pot and create a double boiler with the glass measuring cup to melt the bees wax into the oil.
  6. When the bees wax is melted remove the measuring cup from the double boiler and let sit for 2 minutes.
  7. Turn on the blender with the water already in it and slowly pour the oil into the blender creating an emulsion
  8. Once the oil and water are fully combined, add your favorite essential oils for scent.
  9. Add some tea tree oil or grapefruit seed extract to act as a “preservative”
  10. Blend until combined.
  11. Transfer into mason jars to store.

Apple Cider Vinegar Toner

1) 1 part Raw Apple Cider Vinegar into a glass jar, bottle or container.

2) Add 2 parts distilled water. (EXPERIMENT! ACV can burn or irritate so see what dilution works for your skin.)

3) Shake the bottle to combine the mixture. (You can add a few drops of tea tree oil to this but careful, it’s drying to your face.)

4) Apply the toner to your freshly cleansed skin using a cotton ball or pad, avoiding the eye area.

5) Apply your usual moisturizer after the apple cider vinegar toner has dried.

6) Shake well before each use.  Store in a cool, dry, dark place (No need to refrigerate).

For Daily Use: Castile Soap Body Wash
The exfoliant is great once a week, but use it every day, and your skin will soon grow irritated and greasy. For everyday use, a combination of three ingredients makes a great soap to use on your body and hands. Combine 1 cup liquid castile soap with 3 tablespoons oil (avocado or olive) and a couple of drops of essential oil. This soap can be used in the shower or placed in pumps and used as regular handsoap in your bathroom or kitchen.

For Acne: Two Treatments
For those suffering from acne and acne scars, two great treatments can be found in your kitchen! First, mix baking soda with filtered water until it forms a paste. Use it to treat acne by rubbing it gently into the skin and allowing it to sit for at least an hour.

When you’re ready to rinse it off, consider a treatment of yogurt and honey: combine 3 tablespoons organic honey and 1 cup plain, organic yogurt. Slowly massage it into your skin and allow it to dry (this will take about 15-20 minutes). Run a warm bath (not hot) and soak for at least 20 minutes.

Washes

For Oily Skin

Ingredients:

1 tsp powdered skim milk

1 tsp honey

few drops of apple vinegar

Instructions:

Mix your ingredients into a bowl, and apply it to the skin in a circular motion with your fingertips for a minute or two. Then, rinse with a warm water and a wash cloth.

For Dry Skin

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon oat or rice bran

1 tablespoon honey

1 teaspoon cream

Instructions:

Heat your ingredients gently on your stovetop, stirring until well blended. Then, be sure to use your cleanser while it’s still warm.

For Sensitive Skin

Ingredients:

1 part baking soda

2 parts ground oatmeal

Instructions:

You can ground your oatmeal in a food processor or with a mortar and pestle. Then, mix it with the baking soda and store in a sealed container. Whenever you want to wash your face, mix 1/2 tsp of the dry mixture with warm water. Rub gently onto skin in circular motions, rinse off and pat dry.

Moisturizers

Oil
The base of any quality moisturizer is an oil that hydrates, softens and seals in moisture. Lots of people swear by plain coconut oil for lustrous skin, scalp and hair. Almond, sesame, jojoba and even olive oil are also excellent choices. Cocoa and shea butters are also beneficial to the skin and can be blended with an oil or used alone.

Herbs and Foods
Have you ever cracked open a plump aloe leaf and seen the oozy, clear gel? It’s a powerful healer—both internally and externally—and is a common ingredient in skincare products. Using fresh aloe by itself is especially beneficial to bug bites, dry patches and other skin irritations. You can also blend it into your homemade moisturizer for an added boost to beautiful skin.

Roses are purifying and nurturing to the skin. Homemade rosewater added to your moisturizer brings healing and aromatic properties.

Oatmeal has been used for centuries to treat stressed skin. It’s great for sunburn, acne, poison ivy and can leave skin feeling smooth and ultra silky.

Honey is a known miracle medicine with moisturizing and purifying benefits to the skin. But it’s not for everyone—especially vegans or people with sensitivity to bee products.

There are many more components you can add to a simple homemade skin moisturizer including fresh fruits (grapes or peach peels are amazing), fresh ginger root, essential oils, green tea and apple cider vinegar. But keeping it simple is an exploration in purity and an easy way to moisturize without a lot of prep.

Putting it Together
Mix 2 ounces of oil (blending several types is fine). Optional: add ¼ softened cocoa or shea butter, 1 tablespoon ground oatmeal, 1 teaspoon rosewater and about 2 inches of aloe skinned and pureed. Blend in food processor, add ¼ teaspoon vitamin C powder (ascorbic acid) as a preserving agent if adding aloe and oatmeal. Store cool.

Need more info about essential oils?

You can download the most popular essential oil encyclopedia app on Amazon. This app is also available on the Google Play store.

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